Torn from the headlines:
Thank heaven for studies:
Using data from a government health survey of U.S. adults, researchers found that in general, the amount of time people devoted to exercise tended to inch up along with the number ofthey had each month.
I attribute that to jock culture - try watching any sporting event without being told you aren't having fun with your friends unless you are drinking a beer. OK, or driving a pick-up truck. As a second guess, I will note the exercise-reward phenomena - some people think a bit of exercise entitles them to splurge later.
The experts behind the study do encourage people to focus on cause and effect:
Not surprisingly, the findings do not mean that drinking is the key to launching an active lifestyle.
"We certainly would not advocate that abstainers should start drinking or light drinkers should start drinking heavily as a way to increase their exercise," lead researcher Dr. Michael T. French, of the University of Miami, told Reuters Health in an email.
Thank heaven for experts.